Jancis + Jamie's Flat Top Lake Wedding | West Virginia Wedding Photography

Jamie and Jancis met in nursing school.  Their first conversation was about the hit television show Gossip Girl, they quickly became classmate friends.  As they soon discovered, they had numerous shared interests – between WVU tailgates and studying together for endless hours, they were always side by side.  Jamie proposed last spring by setting up an Easter egg hunt which had a surprise proposal as the final prize!

Last year I had the opportunity to go up to Flat Top Lake to check out their wedding venue for the first time and take some engagement photos for this gorgeous, sweet couple.  It was so nice to be back there again, the refreshing breeze across the lake and the canopy of trees provided us with a cool reprieve from the summer sun.  We returned to the dock of Jamie’s family boat house for their first look where I found Jamie getting a little teary eyed before he even laid eyes on his beautiful bride.  Jamie and Jancis are absolutely made for each other, the tears of happiness were streaming all day – from them, to their families, to my muffled sniffles from behind the camera, they’re just so damn cute!

For Jancis’ “something borrowed,” she wore the pearl necklace that her mother wore on her wedding day as well as her mother’s diamond earrings.  For her “something new,” she wore a beautiful lace BHLDN bracelet that her mother bought her.  Her “something blue” was a garter crocheted by her sister (who also made the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil).  Their “something old” was their cake server which was from the bride’s parent’s wedding.  A couple more sentimental details that Jancis pulled into her wedding day was wearing her grandmother’s watch and her grandfather’s class ring which was tied to the handle of her bouquet.

I was slightly obsessed with Jancis and Jamie’s wedding reception décor – wooden farm style dining tables with Chiavari chairs, mix and match china at each place setting, pieces of vintage furniture, and tons of flowers, greenery, and succulents.  Speaking of beautiful woodwork, check out the wedding altar that the bride’s father built and the gorgeous garland on it handmade by the bride’s mother, what a talented family!

The sweet ceremony (where I cried some more happiness tears) was followed by a killer celebration.  We dined on amazing food from Pumpernickel Pickle, which I devoured before I even had a chance to photograph it.  Guests enjoyed dancing their butts off to some really great tunes courtesy of Top Notch Events.  I tried my first “West Virginia hot dog” which is a pastry kind of like an éclair from Spring Hill Bakery and it was INCREDIBLE, highly recommend.  By the end of the night we were all wearing a lifetime supply of glow sticks, we ventured out to an open field for their send-off of fireworks and a paper lantern release.

Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue: Flat Top Lake, Ghent, West Virginia
Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Washington, DC
Florist: Bride’s Mother, Natalie Durney
Officiant: Judge Joanna Tabit, Charleston, WV; Deacon Raymond Godwin, Elkins, WV
Hair: Kaylee Graves, Innovations Salon and Day Spa, Blacksburg, VA
Makeup: Kearston French, Bluefield, VA
Wedding Cake: Bride’s Mother, Natalie Durney
Pastries: Spring Hill Bakery, Charleston, WV and Jennah Durney, Bride’s Sister
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle, Salem, VA
Wedding Planner: Andrea Ferris, Roanoke, VA
Bride’s Wedding Band and Engagement Ring: John Cooke Jeweler’s, Charleston, WV
Groom’s Wedding Band: His late grandfather’s
Ceremony Music and Wedding Favors: Daryl Shawn, Pittsburgh, PA
DJ: Top Notch Events, Charleston, WV
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal, Pittsburgh, PA
Bridesmaid's Jewelry: Appalachique Jewelry by Aubrey Hostler
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Joesph A Banks, Morgantown, WV
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Transportation: Classy Limousine, Ashland, KY
Table Numbers: Carolyn Etherington
Table and Tent Rentals: Aztec Rental, Salem, VA
Beer: Big Timber Brewing, Elkins, WV
Restroom Trailer Rental: Tidy Inc, Salem, VA

Check out Jancis + Jamie's Flat Top Lake Engagement Photos too!

Joe + Mariëtte's Wedding at Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Wedding Photos

Joe and Mariëtte’s story began at Virginia Tech during the spring semester of 2012 when she was a sophomore and he was a senior.  They were in the same honors reading group that semester and decided to stay in touch after the course ended.  Frequent coffees and walks helped their friendship develop into a deeper relationship as they both moved on to complete graduate degrees.  Joe asked Mariëtte for her hand in marriage amidst falling snow at the top of a mountain while they were on a walk.  Post-wedding they’ll be living in Seattle, Washington and I’m absolutely green with envy, they might find me hiding in a box when they unpack their Uhaul!

Joe and Mariëtte’s wedding ceremony took place at the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech.  There were a couple of wedding crashers in attendance – two mallard ducks that wandered throughout the wedding party and then down the center aisle, which added an extra touch of whimsy to their garden nuptials.  Mariëtte wore a Casablanca Bridal gown purchased from Chantilly Lace Bridals in Blacksburg, Virginia and a beautiful custom purple, white, and blue flower crown made by Stonecrop Farms.  Her bouquet, also from Stonecrop Farms, was made up of snapdragons, delphinium, and rudbeckia [aka Black Eyed Susans] Joe picked up his blue suit from Suitsupply in Seattle, Washington and the bridesmaids dresses are by Paul Jones Clothing.  Their local pastor, Pastor Taylor Rollo of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church performed the ceremony as Kevin and Elizabeth Matheson from Classic Strings Duo provided music.  At the reception, one of our mallard friends decided to crash again briefly.  The meal was catered by The Element at Mikie's 7th and was absolutely amazing [I was hungry when I wrote this blog post, hence the inclusion of tons of food photos] – grilled flank steak with Greek cucumber sauce was my favorite, but truly all of it was delicious.  Joe and Mariëtte dreamed of a wedding day where they could simply enjoy themselves, a stress free event filled with happiness, and that is exactly how it went.

Blacksburg Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer, assisted by Jared Ladia
Wedding Venue: Hahn Horticulture Garden
Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal from Chantilly Lace Bridals
Groom's Attire: Suitsupply, Seattle, Washington
Florist: Stonecrop Farm
Officiant: Pastor Taylor Rollo of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Caterer: The Element at Mikie's 7th
Engagement Ring: Goodman & Sons Jewelers, Hampton, VA
Wedding Rings: Robbins Brothers, Seattle, Washington
Violin Duo: Kevin and Elizabeth Matheson, Classic Strings Duo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Paul Jones Clothing
Invitations: InkAndVeil, California City, CA
Rentals: Aztec Rental

Blacksburg Children's Photographer

A little brotherly love and a lot of fall foliage!  I had a quick photo shoot with these cuties at the Virginia Tech duck pond before going trick or treating.  Their mom said they probably wouldn’t be willing participants in this endeavor, but since my maturity level rivals that of a 2nd grader, it was nothing but rolling around in the leaves and smiles for us.  If I’m not dirty, exhausted, with rib pain from laughing when I get home at the end of the day, then did we really even go out and take photos at all?

Sonya + Ram's Engagement Photos at Virginia Tech's Hahn Horticulture Garden

Sonya contacted me shortly after Ram asked for her hand in marriage to take some photos for their Save the Date cards.  She sent me photos of two beautiful dresses, one a vibrant pink and one that was indigo – we couldn’t decide which one was the winner so we had to use both!  The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech provided the perfect scenic backdrop that they had envisioned – natural, but not too rustic and very romantic (hello string lights and beautiful flowers).

Little J in Her Mommy's Wedding Dress

What little girl doesn’t love playing dress up?  And the most coveted dress to play with of all time is of course your mother’s wedding gown.  Little J’s parents are Virginia Tech alumni, they returned to Blacksburg to compete in the Hokie Half Marathon and realized it was also the perfect opportunity to have photos taken!  They were married at War Memorial Chapel so I photographed Little J inside and on top of the Chapel at the Pylons.  It was freezing cold and she couldn’t even walk because her tiny frame could not maneuver in all of the beautiful layers of the gown, but the sparkle never left her eyes and the smile never left her face.  After all, it isn’t every day you get to wear your mama’s wedding dress at the very place where your parents tied the knot.  So sweet!

Lauren + Michael's Chateau Morrisette Wedding

Virginia Winery Wedding Photos

Lauren and Michael met in graduate school at University of Southern California in Los Angeles where they were both teaching sections of the same class.  He recognized her at a coffee shop on campus later on and chatted her up.  As for the proposal, one night as they were about to head to dinner, Michael asked Lauren if he could see her hand while he was holding a Band Aid.  She gave him her right hand, he said “Wrong hand”.  When she handed him her left hand, he put the Band Aid (with her favorite Disney princess, Belle from Beauty and the Beast) on her ring finger, and asked “Will you marry me?”  Obviously she said yes or we wouldn’t be here looking at photos of their gorgeous winery wedding!

All week long the weather report was threatening thunderstorms, but I made a promise to Sally at Chateau Morrsiette that I would bring the sunshine for Lauren and Michael’s wedding and I totally delivered on that promise.  It was such a gorgeous day on the Blue Ridge Parkway!  The very first time I spoke to Lauren, she told me that she and Michael wanted their wedding day to feel intimate and comfortable, as far as I could see, that vision was achieved.  It truly felt more like a warm gathering of friends and family from around the country than a typical wedding day.  How handsome is their “best dog”, Raymond the Corgi-Chihuahua in his little bowtie from Rover The Pet Boutique?  Now let’s talk about the show stopping, jaw dropping, incredible flowers from Mark Frye of Creative Occasions.  He was kind enough to send me this coveted bouquet recipe: Coral Charm Peonies, Juliet Garden Roses, Free Spirit Roses, Peach Stock, Pink Astilbe, Peach Hypericum berries, Green mini hydrangea, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Ilse Spray Roses, and White O’Hara Garden Roses. 

Wedding Vendor Team
Floyd, Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer, Assisted by Jared Ladia Photography
Venue and Catering: Chateau Morrisette
Wedding Planner: Sally Truslow of Chateau Morrisette
Florist: Mark Frye, Creative Occasions
Officiant: Kanta Bosniak
Hair: Lauren Metro, Love at First Curl LLC
Makeup: Amanda Stump McCoy, Makeup By Ravishing
Cake Baker: On The Rise Bakery
Jeweler: Fink’s Jewelers
Band: Jeff Todd and band, Roanoke, Virginia
Wedding Gown: Christos, purchased at The Wedding Atelier in New York, NY
Wedding Invitations: Minted
“Best Dog” Attire: Rover The Pet Boutique

Stephen + Trisha's Old House Vineyards Wedding Photos | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Virginia Winery Wedding Photos

I don’t get to travel very often so when the opportunity arises to photograph a wedding out of town, I LOVE it, especially when it is to work with a couple as sweet and laid back as Stephen and Trisha!  I packed up my gear and headed out to Culpeper for their wedding at Old House Vineyards with one of my former brides along to second shoot with me.  This gorgeous duo met at Penn State University while they were raising money for a service trip to Panama.  Fast-forward to just before Thanksgiving of this past year, Stephen contacted me about taking photos of him and Trisha and their puppies.  He had secretly had the breeder of their newest puppy engrave “will you marry me” on the puppy’s tag!  Cuteness overload.  While the furry members of this little family weren’t at the wedding, you can see plenty of their adorable faces in Stephen + Trisha's Beliveau Estate Engagement Photos!

I fell in love with Trisha’s wedding gown the second I saw it [and that is BEFORE I saw it on her which made it look 100 times better], a gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown from Chantilly Lace Bridal in Blacksburg that fit like it was designed just for her.  Just look at that lace detailing, so stunning!  Good Earth Flowers created some floral masterpieces for their bouquets and arrangements with hydrangeas, lilies, ferns, eucalyptus leaves, snapdragons, roses, peonies, and astilbe.  DJ Repeatable aka Chris Girardi did a fantastic job with music, [props from me for playing The Cure, Lovesong] and my second shooter liked the music so much that she made him a handmade award to show her appreciation.  I even caught a few seconds on video of Trisha’s grandparents dancing that was so sweet that I cried when I recorded it and every single time I watched it afterwards.

Trisha and Stephen’s color palette was pink, blue, and white with a winery theme.  Each table was named after a type of wine and the place cards were tinsy ice buckets with little wine bottles, each centerpiece had a cobalt blue wine bottle holding the table number, and wine-related keychains.  Their wedding favors were coffee from The Cheese Shoppe in State College, Pennsylvania – a family owned coffee roaster that Trisha and Stephen loved in college.  They had a wedding dessert bar made up of cookies that were homemade by family members, a tradition from the groom’s family that was quite a treat!  Even the sugar cubes for the coffee were special – little pink hearts, some with the letter “H”, and some with the Nittany Lion paw print from their alma mater Penn State.

Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue: Old House Vineyards, Culpeper, Virginia
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Chantilly Lace, Blacksburg, Virginia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Banks, Blacksburg, Virginia
Florist: Good Earth Flowers, Culpeper, Virginia
Officiant: Eric Fenclau, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hair: Jenny Fredo, State College, Pennsylvania
Cake Baker: Morgan Phillips, Alexandria, Virginia
Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering, Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Planner: Allyson Kearney, Old House Vineyards, Culpeper, Virginia
Jeweler: Kay Jewelers, Christiansburg, Virginia
DJ: DJ Repeatable aka Chris Girardi, Aldie, Virginia
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Transportation: AA Lightfoot, Culpeper, VA
Wedding Favors: Coffee from The Cheese Shoppe in State College, Pennsylvania

Jon + Erin's Mountain Lake Lodge Wedding | Virginia Wedding Photography

Mountain Lake Wedding Photos

Jon and Erin traveled all the way from Florida to Virginia to get married at Mountain Lake Lodge.  It was the perfect venue for them as Hokies and Dirty Dancing lovers with family traveling in from all over the country to help them celebrate.  Erin told me when we first met that her dream wedding would be intimate, relaxed, fun, rustic, and romantic – mission accomplished.  The color palette for their decor was pink, blue, and gold.  Their wedding programs were cootie catchers, such a cute idea!  And I was borderline obsessed with the bridal bouquet that Mary Jo Thompson of Gloriosa created – beautiful array of peachy pinks, white, and green in these Juliet garden roses, O’Hara garden roses, gerondo gerbera daisies, rice flower, privet berries, and Jasmine vine.  Pardon me for a minute while I swoon some more over the Swiss dot details on Erin’s Augusta Jones wedding dress that she found at Allegria Bridal near Boston.

We all got Rick Rolled during the exchanging of vows which was a hilarious first for me.  Another first for me was the Virginia Tech Hokie bird’s appearance at the reception.  How have I been photographing weddings for 9 years now in Virginia without having the Hokie bird show up?!  I tried to feed him pie, but I don’t think birds are all that into strawberry rhubarb pie, his loss.  Speaking of birds, somehow Erin’s father, Jon, and his groomsman all ended up wearing navy socks with pink flamingos on them which they swore to me was purely by coincidence.  We wrapped up the reception with a sparkler send off, but before I finished packing up my gear, we saw the bride and groom sneak back in and the party continued to go strong. 

Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer assisted by Kristie Lea Photography
Wedding Venue and Caterer: Mountain Lake Lodge
DJ and Lighting: David Verde – DV Entertainment, Staunton, VA
Florist: Gloriosa, Roanoke, VA
Officiant: Manny Zayas
Hair: Lauren Metro, Love at First Curl LLC, Roanoke, VA
Makeup: Holly Jade Wells
Cake Baker: Sarah Blanchard of Fresh Baked Bakery, Roanoke, VA
Bridal Gown: Augusta Jones from Allegria Bridal, Boston, MA
Bridesmaid Dresses: Camille La Vie, Orlando, FL
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein, Ft. Myers, FL
Jewelers: Dunkin’s Diamond, Ft Myers, FL and Jewelry by Johan
Photobooth: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company – Shawn Cox, Virginia Beach, VA
Rentals: Aztec Rental, Blacksburg, VA
Wedding Invitations: Minted